The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority on Wednesday will be asked to approve revised renderings for what will be a restaurant in Lower Bricktown affiliated with Thunder star Kevin Durant.
Developer Randy Hogan said Monday that he started “fresh” with architects at Rees Associates after his previous plans were rejected by Urban Renewal commissioners who argued the building was too focused on surface parking and failed to interact with the Bricktown Canal.
“The more we got into it and restudied it, the more I realized there were some very good points raised,” Hogan said. “We went back to the drawing boards and hopefully came up with something that works. I like the building more than I did before.”
Renderings show changes to the canal frontage of the building and a passageway between it and Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill to the east.
The original plans, created by Rees Associates, called for an entrance facing surface parking to the south of the building, with a minimal patio fronting half the building along the canal.
A 9-foot-wide walkway between the proposed new building and Toby Keith's was compared by Urban Renewal Board member Larry Nichols to walking through a canyon with 17-foot-high walls with no windows.